American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • US Forest Service
  • CA, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

American Conservation Experience:

USFS Archaeology TechnicianSequoia National Forest


American Conservation Experience (ACE), a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, Arizona, in partnership with the United States Forest Service (USFS) Sequoia National Forest, is seeking an Archaeology Technician. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation. 

Start Date: Late May/ Early June, 2019

End Date: 24 weeks after the start date

Location: Sequoia NF: Kern River Ranger District

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The participant should anticipate serving 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $640/week for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.  

Housing: Provided by the USFS

Position Description:  

The Sequoia National Forest is looking to fill one Archaeology Technician position for the 2019 field season. participant will support Forest Service initiatives by providing technical support to the heritage resource staff. participant will have a variety of tasks, including analyzing data, making recommendations, adapting ground search strategies, preparing reports, conducting inventories, and completing additional tasks as determined by Forest Service staff. The purpose of the work is to serve as a senior technician on archeological surveys and ensure the work is accomplished within established rules and methods. The work directly affects the design and execution of surveys and the adequacy of long range work plans. Workload is divided between field inventory, recordation and monitoring, and documentation of prehistoric and historical cultural resources (including report writing, mapping, and related record keeping tasks).

Specific Tasks Include:

  • Analyzes archeological data in preparing reports, for situations where precedents are not fully applicable. Makes recommendations to be used in "determinations of effect" and "determinations of eligibility" by the archaeologist. Compiles and reports information about the nature and extent of known cultural resources.
  • Adapts ground search strategies as determined by specific project requirements i.e., terrain, vegetation cover, and time frames. Applies scientific methods to survey parcels of land to determine likely sites of archeological interest.
  • Prepares Cultural Resource Inventory reports and site forms in compliance Section 106 of the NHPA). Enters site and inventory information is accurately entered into databases and onto GIS maps. Monitors archeological projects to ensure sufficiency of fieldwork.
  • Conducts inventories of Forest cultural resources in areas of proposed Forest Service projects. Researchers reference materials such as State and National register files, historic documents, archeological reports, maps and aerial photos, and interviews source individuals concerning project areas.
  • Ensures that archeology work assignments are carried out in safe, timely manner according to established standards and procedures.
  • Reviews work in progress to see that standards for pre-field research, survey design, site recording, graphics, and final report are being met
  • Advises other participants or FS staff on methods of cultural resource inventory and provides written instructions, research materials and supplies to all involved in planning and operation of natural resource activities.

Training Provided:

The Forest Service will strive to provide the participant opportunities to shadow conservation professionals to learn about the archeological discipline, but a strong foundational knowledge of archaeology technician work is required for these positions.

Project Environment: 

The work may include strenuous outdoor activity, such as walking, climbing, riding (ATV), backpacking and overnight camping, often in steep, rough terrain in isolated areas in a forest environment. Climate ranges from extremely dry to extremely wet and from hot to cold. Rain, snow, wind, or dust may be encountered. The work may require the use of protective clothing and footwear.


Qualified applicants will hold a bachelor's degree (or above) in archaeology, or a similar natural resource field, and have specific archaeological field work experience.


  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. 
  • Must 21 years or older and have a valid driver's license, clean driving record.
    • Ability to drive an [Agency or ACE] vehicle is required for this position. ACE will conduct a driving record check upon on-boarding and Members must be cleared by ACE to drive.
  • Practical knowledge of the basic theories and practices of archeology in order to compile technical reports and make recommendations to the archeologist.
  • Advanced knowledge of the techniques of archeological reconnaissance in order to adapt ground search strategies to access a large variety of artifacts and features.
  • Ability to perform library and archival research and oral interviewing to locate and obtain information.
  • Knowledge of technical report writing to prepare reports.
  • Skill using compass, aerial photos, topographic maps and GPS units to locate sites and survey areas.
  • A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Must be willing and able to perform the above fieldwork in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Must be physically fit and able to hike off trail in the backcountry.
  • English proficiency required.
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.

The member must be willing to represent ACE and the USFS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. 

**This position is subject to change/close at any time**

To Apply: 

Please submit a resume, cover letter and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section, located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:


Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the USFS Division Director George Grygar at


American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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